The Sun Sets on 2017
Well guys and girls, unfortunately, the 2017 Craftsman World of Outlaws Sprint Car Season has come to an end. 2017 was a banner year for the series, with record-breaking attendance and almost 400 different drivers competing along the way.
For Shark Racing it was an up and down ride with the highest highs and the lowest lows. The raw emotion of this season came through in both speeches by Jacob and Logan at the yearend banquet just this past weekend.
Jacob delivered a passionate speech about what it means just to have the chance to race in this prestigious series, Logan commented on the struggles and the growth of the team as a whole.
For Jacob, it was an improved season that saw him compete for wins, set fast times at places like Knoxville, and put on impressive runs collecting multiple KSE Hard Charger Awards. Jacob would wrap up his season 14th in the points standings.
Speaking of Hard Chargers, Logan Schuchart would be awarded the season-long KSE Hard Charger award. Logan’s season would be highlighted with 4 World of Outlaw’s triumphs. A win from the 19th starting position at Keller Speedway, a win at the famed Eldora Speedway, a win at The Dirt Track at Charlotte, and a win north of the border at Oswekeen Speedway.
After a hectic start to the season with the well-documented hauler issues, toter homes breaking down and early season engine issues, the grit and determination of this team and the class and fabric of the racing community shined bright. Most people in the situation that faced Shark Racing this season would have packed it in and headed back home. But team leader and racing legend Bobby Allen couldn’t find the word quit in a dictionary and certainly didn’t teach it to his young drivers or crew members.
Bobby and this team are the perfect examples of the adage if there is a will, there’s a way. With much help from the racing communities the crew got their feet back under them, and by mid-season, they were humming along knocking down wins and showing good speed everytime they unloaded at a race track. Though the team felt some tough stretches, the 2017 season was another class credit at the school of hard knocks, and best believe that Bobby, Jacob, Logan and the gang will be in the best position they could be in when the racing world awakes in Florida come February in 2018.